National Secondary Art Educator Award 2016
National Art Education Association


Governors Leadership in the Arts Award 2016
Governor’s Office & Utah Division of Art and Museums


Pacific Region Art Educator Award 2016
National Art Education Association


UAEA Art Educator of the Year 2016
Utah Art Education Association


Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education 2013
Awarded for excellence in Visual arts instruction


The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Artist residency 2013
Artist residencey in Ireland


PBS Innovators award 2013
Digital story telling and teaching Art


Juror’s award Utah ‘10: “Mixed Media and Works on Paper” 2010
Statewide Annual Competition, Utah Art Council, Rio Gallery, SLC UT


Appointed Panelist for the Learning in the Visual Arts 2010-2012
National Endowment for the Arts


The Power of Art Participant Award 2009
Rauschenberg Foundation & Lab School, Washington DC


Outstanding Educator the Year-Building On Excellence Award 2009
Provo Foundation-Provo School District


Outstanding Art Educator of the Year 2006
David O. McKay School of Education, Brigham Young University


The High School Art Teacher of the Year 2006
Utah Art Education Association


Teacher’s Institute of Contemporary Art Fellowship 2005
School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Fulbright Memorial Scholar 2002
The Fulbright Memorial Fund


Art Fellowship & Residency ‘Summer Six’ 2001
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New  York


T.A.P Fellowship Award 1997
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation & National Art Education Association


Grumbacher Scholarship & Edward Dunn Scholarship  1990-1991
University of Arizona


Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award & Jeffery Demery Creative Award 1989
Brigham Young University

“A review of contributions made by James throughout his career highlights his deep commitment to ensuring students receive a quality education that includes learning in the visual arts”

Deborah B. Reeve, EdD
Executive Director

“I have seen first hand what a generous and selfless educator James is and consider him to represent the ideal dispositions and skills of a distinguished 21st century art educator”

Flavia Bastos, Ph.D.
Professor of Visual Arts Education

“I am pleased to provide my strongest endorsement for James Rees…He has repeatedly demonstrated himself to be committed to arts education in Utah and to helping teachers and students alike understand how critical the arts are in not just education, but society overall.”

Jessica R. Weiss
Associate Curator of Education
Springville Museum of Art

“James Rees is an exceptionally accomplished artist who is also a remarkable teacher. He also has significant involvement that goes beyond his responsibilities as a teacher. He is an outstanding artist and has more energy than anyone I know.”

Mark Graham
Brigham Young University